Jasmine is 8yo neutered female who has rescued some 8 years ago. she has developed severe itching and hair thinning to the point of baldness. she has scabs most prevalant around her neck and chin but also noted at the base of her tail. she has become very nervous and is so incessant at scratching, her eating and sleeping habits are affected.she has had noticable weight loss. i thought the scabs may be from her nails so i trimmed them without any decrease in their frequency or condition. i have been actively doing flea treatments in both the house and yard, and have her bathed weekly and dipped.after a 2 week break from the poisons i then applied a once a month spot treatment, these have been over the counter meds since i cant afford the vet visit and the meds at one time. she had a couple of restful days and then returned to the non stop scratching. she now will not allow me to catch her during the day as she thinks she will get yet another bath. none of the other cats or the dog seem to have any significant flea infestations. when bathed i see few fleas, dead or alive. i believe she allergic to fleas based on the info i have read on line. i do not at this time have the means for vet. care and want to know if benedryl may give her relief. any ideas to help this unemployed animal advocate? these animals are my family and are very important to us.
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10/12/08 at 6:17am